The talk will discuss Anita Desai's Baumgartner's Bombay (1988) and Salman Rushdie's The Moor's Last Sign (1995) as examples of the complexity of the use of the Holocaust and Jewish history in postcolonial and postmodern fiction.
Efraim Sicher is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He has published on modern Jewish culture, the 19th century British novel, and Holocaust memory, including the recent Babel in Context, Rereading the City/Rereading Dickens.
Linda Weinhouse is Professor of British literature and of Women's Studies at Community College of Baltimore County. She has published widely on Nadine Gordimer, Doris Lessing, and Anita Desai.
Professors Sicher and Weinhouse coauthored Under Postcolonial Eyes: Figuring the 'jew' in Contemporary British Writing.
Life in Baluty: Readings from Ann Szedlecki's memoir, Album of My Life
Professor Samuel D. Kassow - Life and Death in the Lodz Ghetto
Samuel D. Kassow is the Charles H. Northam Professor of History at Trinity College Connecticut. He is the author of Who Will Write Our History: Emanuel Ringelblum and the Oyneg Shabes Archive.
Free and open to the public. Parking passes provided for Nelson Rd. Parking Lot.
2pm - Film: "Photographer", Discussion led by Professor Mark Webber, York University
4pm - Intermission and Reception, sponsored by the Consulates General of Poland and Germany
4:30pm - Film: "Song of the Lodz Ghetto", Comments and Discussion with David Kaufman, Film Director
The films, discussions and reception are free of charge and open to the public.
Parking passes will be provided at the Nelson Road Parking Lot.